AugmentedReality

Animated Maps on Memorial Day Weekend

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On this memorial day weekend the History Channel is kicking off a week of Civil War themed shows.  While watching I thought I’d see if there were any interesting maps available on the intertubes.  What did I find? Some wonderful animated maps from the Civil War Trust ! The maps are flash based and progress […]

Remote Sensing

New Pyramids Found Through Remote Sensing

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Finding new pyramids in Egypt! Apparently a team out of NASA used IR cameras to find underground rooms of 17 new pyramids. It also found 1,000 tombs and 3,000 new settlements. Archeology through remote sensing. What’s cooler than THAT? Indiana Jones would be jealous 🙂

Education

Cicadas, Locusts, and Mapping

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Throughout history, cicada and locusts have produced fascination, food, and frustration, among other f words. The Cicada Mania site “Dedicated to cicadas, the most amazing insects in the world.” provides TONS of information on cicadas. Other calls for citizen scientists include those of University of Georgia, Dept. of Entomology, asking for pictures and locations of […]

AAG

Call for presentations, AAG 2012 session

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With the AAG taking place in February next year, the call for papers will close earlier than usual (Sept 28). Due to this earlier timeline I am putting out a call for a session I am putting together that will be made up of papers that will look at Participatory or Community Integrated GIS since […]

Podcast

VerySpatial TV 43 – Frank @ AAG’11

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Frank Lafone discusses his poster and project at the 2011 Association of American Geographers conference in Seattle. Click here to download VSTV Episode 43 full size (132 MB) Click here to download VSTV Episode 43 small size (23 MB)

AugmentedReality

Sony SmartAR – markerless augmented reality

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Augmented reality is one of those technologies that has seemed like it would be next big thing for the last couple of years, but it has proven pretty difficult to translate from WOW factor proof-of-concept prototypes to actual commercial implementations. When I saw this demo video of Sony’s Smart AR, though, I have to say […]

Cool Stuff

Endeavor’s last launch is picture perfect

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I’ve already posted my thoughts on the approaching end of NASA’s space shuttle program, but Endeavor‘s last launch this morning went off perfectly, and reminded me once again how amazing the program has been. There will be one more shuttle flight, STS-135 in early July, when Atlantis takes its final trip into orbit. So, here’s […]